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Susan Beverly Melbourne-Cheek, 76, of Brockton died Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Faith Home in Wolf Point.
She recently lost her youngest daughter Donna Ann Yellow Hammer to heart complications. Donna Ann was her “baby girl” and she found it difficult to live without her.
She was born March 29, 1939, to Thomas Warbonnet Melbourne and Bessie Jones at Poplar Hospital. She was welcomed to her family by brothers and sisters, Faye Melbourne-Bird, Wilma “Peggy” Melbourne, Calvin “Ike” Melbourne, Thomas “Turby” Melbourne Jr., Thelma Melbourne and Rebecca Melbourne-Clark.
She attended elementary and high school in Brockton and received her G.E.D. in 1980.
She is written into Fort Peck Tribes’ historical records as being one of the very first women to ever be elected to the tribal executive board. She remained involved in tribal politics throughout her life.
For several years, she was employed as a Brockton/Riverside election judge. She was elected to the Brockton/Riverside Community Organization and held various officer positions for several years. She also worked at Brockton School, Poplar Head Start and Fort Peck Community College.
Throughout her entire life, she devoted her time to helping and visiting her many relatives across the reservation. Whether it was lobbying for her relatives or a friend in need at the Fort Peck Tribal Board or another community agency, she was always there willing to help anyone who asked.
She married Clifton Ray Cheek Sr. at the age of 20 and from this union they had three children: Charlene Faith Cheek, Donna Ann Yellow Hammer and Clifton Ray Cheek Jr. She also has a daughter, Linda Agnes Melbourne, from a previous relationship.
She is survived by her children, Linda, Charlene and Clifton; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters; daughter, Donna Yellow Hammer; grandchildren, Bronson Charboneau, Thomas Jerome and Johnnie McClammy; and adopted sister, Vivan Jones of Canada.
A Funeral Mass was held Friday, May 8, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment was at Riverside Catholic Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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Elizabeth “Bette” Ruby Red Boy Iron Ring, 76, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
She was born March 12, 1939, at the family home in Riverside to Archie and Ruby Cloud Red Boy.
She attended schools in Brockton up to grade 11. She then started her family with Nelson Crowe whom she married in May 1958. Connie Jean, Delores Dean, and Dolly Diane were born in the following years. They divorced but she remained friends with Nelson and Faye.
She enjoyed making the best yeast buns this side of the Rockies. She also enjoyed sitting on her porch or her “veranda” as she liked to call it. She also liked to visit in Riverside to watch the Boston Celtics play basketball with her grandson Eddy Jr. She and he were avid Larry Bird fans.
She was an avid reader and she’d stay up late reading and eating Werthers. Her room was filled with boxes of books she had read. She enjoyed it when people would stop in to visit and have a refreshing beverage. She also enjoyed telling old stories to her grandsons even if she had told them once they would ask her to tell them again. They especially loved the story she told of when she was only four years old. She had a horse named “Brownie” who she would push up against the fence, climb up and ride horseback. She was the apple of her daddy’s eye as she was the only girl.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles, Donovan, Roy, Archie Jr. and Dennis; and great-grandson, Zaine Todd.
She is survived by her husband, Cyrell Iron Ring; daughters, Connie Smith, Delores and Dolly Crowe; Brenda Bauer, whom she took as a daughter, and Dette Wind; brothers, Donovan Red Boy Sr. and Kenny Smoker Sr.; sister, Merceline “Cynthia” Red Boy; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A wake was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Brockton Cultural Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Makaicu Church in Riverside. Interment will follow at the Red Boy family cemetery near Brockton. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Esther Rued, 97, a longtime Froid resident, died at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson Monday, May 4, 2015.
She was born on a farm southwest of Sisseton, S.D., Feb. 21, 1918, to Jul and Anna Sundheim. She was the second youngest of a large family, with eight brothers and three sisters.
While growing up in South Dakota, her earliest memories were those of walking to school with her siblings at a very young age, more than a mile each way. At the age of 12, she moved to Zahl, N.D., to live with her sister Rose and help with Rose’s young children.
When she was 16 she moved to Montana with her parents and held her first job. As a hotel housekeeper and kitchen assistant, she made $5 a week. She then took a job at the Schnitzler ranch as a cook, joining her brother who was the ranch manager. While working at the Schnitzler Ranch, she met Ernest Rued. The two were married Nov. 26, 1936.
They lived in a small house in Froid, heating and cooking with coal and wood. He worked in the town shop on machinery. In the spring of 1938, they started a family with the birth of their son, Manny. In 1941, they had a daughter, Mary Ann. In 1942, the family moved to the Schnitz-
ler Ranch headquarters, west of Homestead, where Ernest was the manager. She was very busy looking after the children and cooking for the hired help, often times for as many as 20 men. Their second son, Jimmy, was born in 1944. The Rueds lived on the Schnitzler Ranch for eight years.
In 1949, the Rued family moved back to the family farm just west of Froid. They lived there until his retirement in 1979, then settled into a home in Froid. He died in November 1993 and she remained in their home until the time of her death. She will always be remembered for the hospitality she generously offered to her family and friends. She was very proud of her family, being self-sufficient and her Norwegian heritage.
She was active in the Froid community and the Lutheran church. She had a talent for constructing beautiful quilts and Norwegian pastries. She even had a magical talent of making lutefisk for special holidays.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; children, Manny, Mary Ann Swan and Jim; a grandson, Mike; and siblings, Edwin, Inga, Oscar, Rose, Julius, Ida, Ole, Iver, Arnold and Noel.
She is survived by her brother, Marvin; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great- great-grandchildren.
Her funeral service was held at the Froid Lutheran Church in Froid Tuesday, May 12. Rev. Alvina Olstead officiated. Interment was in North Kvile Cemetery.
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Daniel John McLachlan, 87, died May 10, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
He was born Feb. 8, 1928, in Spokane, Wash., to John C. and Julia (Dougherty) McLachlan. He graduated from Wolf Point High School and attended college in Bozeman.
On June 30, 1969, he married Alice Jones in Williston, N.D. They were married until her death April 22, 2004.
He farmed with his father and then took over the family farm north of Wolf Point. He worked at the Roosevelt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office during the winter.
He was a member of the Elks and Knights of Columbus. He loved fishing on the Missouri River and Fort Peck Lake with his wife and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife and three brothers, Leo, Hugh and Alexander.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is being planned for a later date. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is in charge of arrangements.
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Joseph Saul McConnell, “Joe Mac,” of Frazer died May 8, 2015.
He was born to Fannie Shoots The Door and James McConnell Sr. Oct. 27, 1938, in Frazer, where he was raised and went to school.
He loved the game of baseball and excelled as a pitcher. He was recruited to play for the Saint Louis Cardinals, but an injury to his pitching hand prevented him from following his dream. He was a coach and able to take a team of girls from Frazer called 10 Little Indians to state in Kalispell. The girls really respected Joe and he taught them well.
He was a law enforcement dispatcher in Frazer in the early ‘90s. He also drove the activity bus in Frazer for children. He worked at A&S Industries and was also the bus driver. He loved to drive. He did furniture upholstery in Helena for several years.
He loved Indian music and going to pow-wows. He even sang when he had a chance or if someone handed him a drum stick, he would drum. He was an exceptional artist and loved to draw. In his earlier years, he did painting on cow shoulder blades that were most beautiful.
He was a pool shark. He won the state title playing horseshoes at Wolf Point Bridge Park. He taught the boxing club in Frazer for the youngsters.
He met Kimberly White Hawk in 2007 and they were married. He enjoyed his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by infant brothers, Curtis and Russell; brother, Jim McConnell Jr.; sisters, Lena Wright, Rosella Murdock, Florence Buck and Myrtice Redstone; son, Simon Follet; and granddaughters, Angie Redstone, Tracy Redstone, Ariel Ackerman and Sandra Wright Keller.
He is survived by his wife, Kim McConnell; step-children, Zachary, Jared and Colista White Hawk; four grandchildren; brother, Richard McConnell of Billings; and sisters Ruth Todd of Frazer and Margaret June Martin.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment was at Oswego Catholic Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.